Peter Yegen Jr. Yellowstone County Museum
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The Museum incorporates an 1893 log cabin built by Paul McCormick, Sr., a pioneer Montana cattleman. McCormick used the cabin as a social center and hosted many lively get-togethers there, including entertaining his close friend, President Teddy Roosevelt. The cabin still has its original sod roof and several artifacts belonging to the McCormick family. An observation platform covers the lower addition, giving a breathtaking view of the Yellowstone Valley, including the city of Billings and the snow-capped Beartooth, Pryor, Crazy, and Bighorn mountain ranges.
The permanent collection of the Museum contains over 20,000 artifacts dating from prehistory through the Fur Trade Era, the Post-Reservation Period, and both World Wars. The Museum’s extensive collection of Plains Indian artifacts includes feather bonnets, coups sticks, pipes and pipe bags, a rare dog travois, moccasins, parfleche bags, articles of clothing, saddles, and many other items of everyday use. Cowboy memorabilia includes saddles, chaps, bridles, spurs, firearms, branding irons, and other western gear from early area cowboys. Everyday household goods display what life was like for the area’s pioneers.
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